Retirees, inactive members, beneficiaries and legal-order payees: You can update your address from your online retirement account. Just select “Address” from the welcome screen. If you need to update your name, fill out and send in a printed form as well as a copy of documentation showing the change.
Active members: Update your name and/or address through your employer. That new information will soon appear in your online retirement account.
Same-sex spouses of state retirement system members will be eligible for the same benefits as opposite-sex spouses under a new law that takes effect this week.
The state’s Civil Marriage and Domestic Partnership law goes into effect Dec. 6. The law, which legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington, was ratified when voters approved Referendum 74 in the November General Election.
The law entitles all spouses (regardless of gender) to rights and benefits provided in the retirement systems and plans.
Same-sex marriages are not recognized in federal law, so there may be differences in how taxes are handled at the federal level. Please consult your tax advisor if you have questions.
If you are currently part of a state-registered domestic partnership, there are a few things you need to know.